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American Red Cross Review

The national headquarters for the American Red Cross, a National Historic Landmark since 1965, is composed of four buildings. Guided tours show off the oldest, a neoclassical structure of blinding-white marble built in 1917 to commemorate women who cared for the wounded on both sides during the Civil War. Three stained-glass windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany illustrate the values of the Red Cross: faith, hope, love, and charity. Other holdings included on the 60-minute tour include an original Norman Rockwell painting, sculptures, and two signature quilts. Weather permitting, the tour includes a visit to the courtyard. Reservations are required for the free tour; schedule via email (tours@redcross.org) or phone.

Updated: 05-23-2014

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